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the president's use of drones to kill al qaeda suspects, including, in some cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated in an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda, and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico, and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens, who are operation
the troops are accused of torturing and abusing other afghans. u.s. officials appear to have been caught off-guard by the order. he say they take the allegations seriously and will launch an investigation. >>> the jury is still out on hollywood's favorite movies of 2012, but we know which ones the critics love to hate. the razzies announced last night. we'll tell what you was recognized as lousy. we'll see how long this ooh kfc. hey, you're supposed to wait for everybody. you know what, while we're waiting why don't we play a game of hide and seek? right now? yeah go hide. go on buddy. one, two... [ son ] come and find me! three! [ son ] are you even looking for me? i am looking! [ male announcer ] bite-sized chicken's grown up. kfc bites. freshly hand-breaded big bites of premium breast meat, seasoned in the colonel's original recipe. try 10 bites with an 8 piece meal for $19.99. [ son ] dad? [ male announcer ] today tastes so good. >>> just a few hours we get to find out which movies actors, and actresses hollywood loved this year. in the meantime here is a look at some of the ones that di
's the price of gas. suddenly sky-high again. >>> there's been another terrorist attack on a u.s. outpost overseas. our own richard engel is there, all of it playing out when we get a new secretary of state. >>> new rules in the ongoing fight over birth control coverage. the president makes an offer. the question is, will religious leaders give it their blessing? >>> and the big game. it's all over, but the shouting, the fans are in place, the excitement is building. oh, but wait. we're talking about the puppy bowl on sunday. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. late today the stock market crossed over something of a mythic mark of the modern era and the dow jones industrials closed above 14,000 for the first time since 2007. and we all remember what happened back then. the stock market has been on a tear of late, gaining almost 7% so far this year. s&p and nasdaq also up. we started the day by learning the unemployment rate had inched up to 7.9% again, while the economy actually adde
and traffic on the 1s coming up. it's 5:07 right now. >>> the u.s. postal service says it wants to play their hands in the fashion business. you heard me right. the cash strapped agency will had launch an all weather apparel and accessory line next year under the name rain, heat and know. it will start with men's apparel but only plans to add women's apparel. you won't be able to pick it up with packages. it will only be available at premium department stores and specialty shops. premium. >> will it have the little stripe on the side with an eagle on. >> you noi that the postal service workers are out in the rain, snow and sleet. maybe they have something. >>> 5:11 is our time right now. let's see which if any we'll get today. tom kierein has the forecast. >> we are going to get the wind and the cold temperatures. right now in the low 30s to near freezing. later today, climbing into the upper 30s by mid-afternoon. not much of a warmup. the winds gusting to around 25, 30 miles an hour. windchills in the 20s. seven-day outlook in den minutes. a look at traffic now with danella. >>> good m
. >>> overseas, u.s. officials were shocked today when afghan president hamid karzai ordered all u.s. special operations forces out of a taliban strong hold. he says torture and other serious allegations have been leveled against afghans working with american forces in the area. u.s. officials strongly deny any suggestion that u.s. forces condone the kidnapping, torture or murder of afghan civilians or suspects. roughly half the u.s. force in afghanistan is set to withdraw by the end of the year. it's not clear whether today's development will change that timeline. >>> john kerry landed in london tonight on the first leg of his first overseas visit and the nation's top diplomat. kerry and foreign ministers from europe and the middle east set to meet with the syrian opposition on wednesday in rome. but some of the syrians are threatening to boycott that meeting. u.s. ambassador to syria is headed to cairo tonight to meet with the opposition in hopes of getting the talks back on track. >>> meanwhile, the violence continues as the syrian conflict approaches the two-year mark. this amateur video
enforcement, even food inspection. and there are big worries about how it will hit the u.s. economy. >>> his side of the story. an emotional oscar pistorius in court for the first time. what he says really happened the night his girlfriend was killed. >>> and the brazen diamond heist at the airport right on the tarmac. a huge game of deception, $50 million worth of diamonds gone without a trace. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams." >> good evening. it's an explosive allegation, and it's what we've all been warned about for years since the dawn of the computer age. a u.s. security firm says over 140 targets in this country have been hit electronically by a branch of the chinese military. big companies, you name it, some of the best-known brand names in the u.s. but more troubling than that is the idea that chinese hackers could reach into american society. the systems that run the country, our infrastructure and preserve order like power systems, air traffic, financial industry. it's a sweeping r
sanctions against the north from the u.s. and other countries. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> this nuclear test comes as president obama prepares to call for a reduction in america's nuclear arsenal. we learned that he will talk about that proposal tonight during his state of the union address. the white house says the president is putting the finishing touches on the speech. focus will be primarily on the economy. and the billions of dollars in budget cuts set to happen automatically on march 1st. president obama has urged congress to pass a short term agreement to avoid those potentially devastating cuts. now, you may want to avoid driving near the capitol tonight because of the state of the union. capitol police closing several streets starting at 7:00 including constitution avenue between second street east and louisiana avenue northwest. pennsylvania avenue between first and third streets northwest and east capitol streets between second and first streets. independence avenue will be closed between second and washington avenue in southeast southwest. >>> president ob
drone strikes against u.s. citizens. lawmakers are expected to zero on on mr. obama's chief terrorist adviser and what he knew and when he knew it. the tactic faces new recruit any of after release of confidential documents. >>> and there are documents showing drones used to kill members of al qaeda. that brought back after demands of the legal justification for the strikes. late wednesday the white house bowed to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. >>> senator dianne feinstein said lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement, it is critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all the counterterrorism operation. >> last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into quote, a shadow of what it once was. under president obama, the program has been used to take out 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. >>> potential cuts in the defense department have already faced changes in the military operations. the pentag
to an asteroid passing today. >>> and that close encounter with the asteroid happened today in the u.s. the asteroid called 2012 da2014 will zoom pass us. the closest in more than a century. it poses no danger to us but if it fell toth it could explode with the force of an atomic bomb. >>> a day's onward deal has finally come to an end for people on board the cruise ship triumph. nbc's mark porter is in mobile where he watched the ship come in. mark, what you have been hearing from passengers coming off that ship? >> reporter: well, they've been moving them out. you can see that the triumph is behind me now. thing, relatively quiet here except for the trains that you can hear but a few hours earlier, things were very busy here. the ship docked about 10:15 eastern time. it took about an hour to bring it fully to the dock. the ceo of carnival went aboard to apologize to everyone. it took several hours to get them right off. some came right out here in mobile they were greeted with relatives who took them to area hotels or drove them away. others got aboard buses that took them to new orl
. this will be the first time that a high-level u.s. meeting has happened since it started the uprising two years ago. more than 60,000 people have been killed in that war. >>> the senate will vote next week on whether to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. political analysts expect him to win approval despite a brewing confirmation hearing yesterday. he was grilled on his stance on iran and israel. if confirmed, he'll succeed leon panetta. >>> we'll find out if a mistrial will be declared in the case of a former culpeper police officer. two dictionaries and a thesaurus were found in the swrir room after the verdict was handed down on tuesday. jury members apparently looked up the definition of the word malice which suggests that they might have been confused about their instructions. daniel harmon-wright claimed he shot patricia ann cook last year when his arm was caught in her suv window when she tried to drive away. >>> d.c. police need your help identifying a man who kidnapped and groped a teen. the attack happened yesterday morning in the 5100 block of nannie hill and boroughs avenue. a man got
. close to 10:00. she wants to know if this goes against some sort of guidelines or protocol. >> the u.s. census bureau gave us this answer. it surveys americans even during years when there's not a door to door census. representatives for the census are trained to contact respondent when they're most likely to be home which does include evenings and weekends. all of the training doesn't specifically instruct the reps not to call or visit after 9:00 p.m. the telephone centers outbound call system does prevent them from calling respondent after 9:00 unless the respondent specifically requests a call after that time. consumers have a question about the census, they are encouraged to call in 800-354-7271. so basically, they're not supposed to, but they can. if you have questions to consider for ask liz, put it to ask lis@nbcwashington.com. connect with me on twitter. on facebook searching liz crenshaw's consumer watch. coming up at 5:00, what happened to the pre-printed gear made for the team that loses the super bowl. where can you recycle an old vacuum cleaner and what happens behind the
operations. it is from there that the u.s. conducts strikes against militants in yemen, including the attack that killed u.s.-born al qaeda born anwar awlaki. it's prompting major concerns among legal experts this morning. nbc news obtained a memo saying americans affiliated with al qaeda could be targeted by drones even if they don't pose an imminent threat. like awlaki, the potential targets don't have to be charged with any crime. legal analysts say that threatens constitutional rights and broadens the definition of self-defense. >> it is a chilling document. it sets out the government's claimed authority to carry out the targeted killing of american citizens but the limits are vague and elastic and see how they could be manipulated. >> it really is unreasonable to expect that the u.s. will always have specific evidence about a plot. >> the obama administration says it is confident the strikes follow federal and international law. >>> president obama is expected to hak his first trip to israel as the president in the coming weeks. the u.s. ambassador there says the president's talk will f
. the medical examiner's office is looking to identify the remains now. >>> a part of the u.s. navy that was based in maryland for more than two decades. it is on its way to its new home mitt. it left pier 11 in baltimore for its last time. it is headed to its new home in norfolk, virginia. the ship provides medical and surgical care for u.s. staff overseas. the ship has traveled everywhere from the persian gulf to haiti and even to new york city after september 11. the navy says moving the ship will save about $2 million a year. >>> hundreds of people gathered at the 9/11 memorial in new york city today to mark a somber anniversary. 20 years ago today, six people were killed and more than a thousand others were injured in the first attack on the world trade center. a truck bomb exploded in the garage below the north tower in third base. created a hole five stories deep. six islamist extremists were later convicted of carrying out the bombing, including the accused mastermind. twin to youers were destroyed eight years later on september 11. >>> still ahead on six circumstances, trag
eyes bulged. yeah. this is really bad. >>> also tonight, did the u.s. marine corps abandon a group of marines and military family members after they developed a rare and surprising disease? dr. nancy snyderman investigates a controversy. >> when is the leadership of the marine corps going to stand up and say we made a mistake? >>> also tonight, kate snow goes inside the fight to save the pandas including some of the very youngest. >> you are too cute. look at you. >> their ircystability is beyond dispute, so what is it about the effort to protect them that makes this wild life expert so upset. >> you said once i would happily eat the last panda on earth if you could spend the money on worth while. in all seriousness, why did you say that? >> "rock center" gets under way. good evening. welcome to "rock center." the first glimpse americans ever got of oscar pistorius was on this broadcast in the run-up to the summer olympic games in london. we aired what became the defining profile of him reported by mary carrillo of nbc sports who traveled to south africa and got to know this unusua
. the taliban says the attack was revenge for u.s. drone strikes that killed two of their leaders. 12 militants also died in that assault. it follows a bombing at a moscow earlier in the day. 24 were killed in that blast. >>> also new this morning, north korea is threatening the united states. the country is promising to retaliate against the u.s. for having so-called double standards after south korea launched a rocket this week. washington condemned north korea's rocket launch in december but not south korea's. north korea has not said how it will retaliate. u.s. diplomats claim north korea used their test on banned missile technology. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is speaking at a security conference in munich, germany. he said the u.s. is prepared to hold talks with iran if they're serious. it is a busy day for biden, who's also expected to meet with opposition leaders in syria. it will be the highest level meeting the u.s. has had on the syrian conflict since it began two years ago. >>> today marks one year since a transgender woman was stabbed to death in northeast d.c. mayor vi
. >> reporter: roughly 10 million to 12 million people illegally in the u.s. many accept pay below the legal minimum. afl-cio unions are onboard to end that. >> prevent what's wrong from driving down the wages of everybody else. >> reporter: analysts say that under president obama, the u.s./mexican boarder is more secure. the net number of migrants not increasing. activists demand, reform, now. >> not contingent at all on additional enforcement, whether it is border security or any other types of enforcement. >> reporter: at the first house hearing on the obama initiative -- >> the question is what to do about the 10 million or more people not lawfully here. >> reporter: republicans remain wary. >> what cannot become is a nation with the laws enforced selectively or not at all. >> reporter: boehner sounds open to option. >> this is about trying on get it right. on behalf of the american people and those who are suffering under an immigration system that doesn't work very well for anybody. >> reporter: the issue hurt republicans in november. latinos turning out to vote democratic. the backers
that the daughter of the late u.s. senator strom thurman has died. she announced in 2003 that she was the daughter of thurmond. the former presidential candidate who supported segregati segregation. she was 22 at the time. she kept her father's identity a secret until he died. she worked as a teacher in los angeles for years. she was a mother of four children and was 87 years old. >>> arizona senator john mccain is under fire this morning for what some are calling a racist tweet. mccain tweeted about mahmoud ahmadinejad saying he wanted to be the first iranian in space. he wrote "wasn't he there just last week" referring to the country launching a rocket with a monkey into space. michigan republican justin a mash responded calling it racist and tell mccain to wisen up. >>> new jersey senator robert menendez is speaking out about a prostitution scandal. >> it's amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a website can drive that type of a story into the mainstream. the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false. >> a conservative website reported in november that me
. >>> north korea is warning the u.s. its nuclear test overnight was just a first response to u.s. threats. the north says there could be, quote, second and third measures of greater intensity. right now the united nations security council is holding an emergency meeting on this matter. overnight, north korea conducted an underground nuclear test in the area. the blast was so strong it registered on the u.s. geological surveys a 4.9 blast. president obama called the test a highly provocative act. he said north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles pose a threat to international peace and security. he goes on to say the united states will also continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. >>> taking a look outside right now. look at that shot. another mild start out there. but some more winter weather is on the way. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein with the first forecast. good morning. >> it sure looks nice. beautiful sky over the region. we've had the sunshine since dawn. sun rises getting earlier and earlier, 7:03 this morning. a few clouds, northeas
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at this time. >>> also in turkey tonight new details are emerging about the suicide bomber who attacked the u.s. embassy in ankora killing a turkish security guard and himself. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in ankora with that and developing news out of egypt tonight as well. >> reporter: we are learning from turkish officials the bomber was a well known militant from a far left group and he served more than four years in a turkish prison, was involved in a hunger strike, and was eventually released from jail for medical reasons. he left the country and then returned from greece on a fake passport, but turkish officials don't know how long he's been in the country. they think he's been in ankora for ten days. this isn't the only situation u.s. officials are concerned about in the region. there is also egypt. u.s. officials are worried that ongoing clashes in egypt, including ones in front of the presidential palace, could be a signal that the egyptian government, led by president morsi of the muslim brotherhood is losing control of the streets of egypt, which would be a maj
but promises to pursue firm action. the u.s. security council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. and china has shown opposition to the test. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on the run from los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing michael caine. and dorner is charged with revenge killings. >>> meanwhile, large wanted billboards featuring dorner's picture are now up in southern california. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men are charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. 18-year-old michael ward and kenneth williams face charges of murder and attempted murder with battery. they say they opened fire on hadiya last month. officials say it was a tragic case of mistaken identity. >> michael ward has confessed and indicated that hadiya was not the intended target. in fact, the offenders had it all wrong. they thought the group they shot into included members of a rival gang. >> first lady michelle obama attended the teen's funeral on s
was part of a conspiracy to cover up jerry sandusky's sexual abuse. tonight, a former u.s. attorney general hired by the paterno family tells me what he sees as flaws in the freeh report. >> unfortunately, there's just too much in the way of gaps in this report to make it credible. >> dick thornberg calls the freeh report seriously flawed and incomplete. his 40-page critique of the investigation commissioned by penn state's trustees finds failures and missing facts. gaps that led to speculation about what joe paterno did or didn't know about colleague jerry sandusky's sex abuse of joining boys. >> are you saying that joe paterno did nothing wrong? >> i don't think it's a matter of whether he did anything wrong, but a question whether he did what he was charged with doing. joe himself said he wished he did more. but there was no conspiracy. >> reporter: his look into the freeh findings came at the direction of paterno's widow, who released her own letter to all penn state letterman. saying "i am here to tell you as definitively and forcefully as i know how that mr. freeh could not have been
're hearing plenty about the scandal at home in the u.s. the former archbishop of los angeles. and also facing problems with a priest sexual abuse scandal there. >> reporter: he is. that's cardinal roger mahony. he was depossessed yesterday for almost four hours. asked by lawyers what he knew about a visiting mexican priest who was accused of abusing some 26 children in the 1980s. court documents released earlier this year show that cardinal mahony did play a role in shielding abusive priests. some u.s. catholics called on mahony not to come to rome to vote on the new pope, but he says he will participate. erica. >> anne thompson, thank you. >>> in washington, time is ticking for congress and the president to reach a deal. otherwise, massive spending cuts you keep hearing about, the sequester that could have a major effect on you. david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." boy, i feel like we say this a lot, with good reason. broken record yet again. give us a quick sense of what this could do to people? cuts go into effect on friday. >> one of the things, what does it mean for air traveler
the u.s. government is responding. now over to chuck. >>> good morning, everybody. once again we are under the gun for possibly up to -- well, it's snowing. let's put it that way. we will talk more about your sunday's snow chances >>> former first lady of massachusetts and romney could soon have a new title, senator romney. operatives are trying to woo mrs. romney to fill the vacant seat. scott brown was expected to throw his hat in the rink, but ae announced he will not run. the 63-year-old romney has never run for public office before, and there are also rumors the family's oldest son tagg is interested in the vacant seat. >>> and leon pennetta comes to the defense of hagel. he says, quote, the political knives were out." he says the questions focused on his past statements and not enough on the future of the defense department and the war on terrorism. and he added hagel has good ideas on how to protect america >>> chuck todd is filling in for david gregory this week on "meet the press." he will interview pennetta as well as general martin dempsey, and he will sit down with bo
test. the underground test was confirmed after the u.s. geological survey detected the 4.9 magnitude blast. pong yong saying they did it to cope with outrageous hostility that undermines their country. a wave of reaction from world leaders since followed. president obama released a statement calling the test a highly provocative act. he adds, north korea's missile programs are a threat to the world and the latest test warrants swift action by the international community. happening right now, u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon who condemns the test is organizing an emergency meeting to start at 9:00 a.m. our time. meanwhile, south korea has come out to say the north won't be able to avoid grave responsibility and china also expressing firm opposition to the nuclear tests this morning. now, this is north korea's third nuclear test since 2006 and the first since kim jong-un took power. while the explosion was bigger than in the past, the country is still far from having a nuclear armed missile that could threaten the u.s. at the live desk, angie goff. >>> president obama will lay the gr
laws ziefrnt the retirement of a top u.s. military leader leaves president obama searching for someone to lead forces in europe. marine corps general john allen is stepping down to help his wife who has health issues. he spent the last 19 months leading forces in afghanistan. last fall the pentagon put allen's nomination on hold while it investigated his e-mails with a florida socialite. he was cleared of any wrongdoing. president obama called general allen one of the nation's finest military leaders and a true patriot. >>> john kerry will deliver his first foreign policy speech as secretary of state today. that's happening at the university of virginia. the state department says kerry will tell students and faculty about the role u.s. diplomacy plays in ordinary americans' lives. he plans to give more speeches in the coming weeks and months to explain why foreign policy is so important. uva was founded by thomas jefferson, who was the first secretary of state. >>> some of the richest people in the world went to the same school and one was a local university. the university of virginia
the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack on the u.s. consulate. four americans were killed including ambassador chris stevens. >>> we're learning that the same senate committee will not take a confirmation vote on the next defense secretary today as scheduled. members of the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel. that's after republicans demanded more information. several senators want more details on hagel's business dealings and the content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation polici
the u.s. postal service says delivering the mail on saturdays must stop. if they are to survive. it's one of two american institutions in the news tonight for differing reasons in changing times. we want to begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in glen echo, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian, no secret the postal service is up to its neck in red ink, handling 30 billion fewer pieces of first class mail today than just four years ago. and guess what? delivery of packages booming because we're all buying stuff online. this action is about just trying to keep the lights on. for people all over america, like 71-year-old lois sexton in tennessee, that mailbox at the end of the driveway has been a reliable connection to the rest of the world. >> that's my communication with the people i have my retirement with, my social security. >> reporter: since 1863, six days a week, rain or shine, letters, bills, government checks, newspapers, even movies, have arrived, even on saturday. now the 21st century with its e-mail, e-cards and e-pay, has come knocking. >> we cannot put ou
's revolutionary guard a terror organization. and today, incorrectly referred to the u.s. policy on iran and nuclear weapons as containment. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> engagement is not appeasement. engagement is not surrender. >> reporter: and tonight administration officials tell me that while this was not a perfect performance, they have no indication that democrats have turned against hagel. no sign that his confirmation is in trouble. brian? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> the senate also gave final approval today to a measure that would at least put off the debate over raising the debt ceiling. this measure suspends the government's borrowing limit to may 19th. the national debt will be pushing the $17 trillion mark. in other words, it's really washington's version of kicking the can down the road. the president is expected to sign this bill immediately. >>> no
with the head of the -- this will be the highest level u.s. meeting with syrian opposition since it began uprising nearly two years ago. more than 60,000 people have been killed in that war. >>> defense secretary nominee chuck hagel expected to be confirmed despite a contentious confirmation hearing. he spent hours answering questions from the armed services committee in the senate. lawmakers wanted clarification on various positions hagel has taken in the past. at one point he grappled over whether he was wrong to oppose the 2007 surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. >> if confirmed, hagel will replace leon panetta as defense secretary and be the only republican in president obama's cabinet and the first vietnam veteran to hold that position. the transportation secretary who is also a republican expected to resign as well. this should be wrapped up with the senate vote for chuck hagel next w
information on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last september 11th. >>> well, it may be appropriate timing on this valentine's day. a major corporate marriage made official. american airlines and usairways are now one giant airline. the largest in all the world. it's a deal designed to pull american out of bankruptcy and make it better able to compete in the big leagues. but what does it mean for all us air travelers? our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: since 1934, american airlines has been a corporate icon. helping to build new york's laguardia airport, hiring the first female airline pilot, the first electronic tickets. ♪ something special in the air >> reporter: but after years of struggle, it surrendered to bankruptcy protection in late 2011. today, a lifeline in the form of an $11 billion merger with usairways. >> we will once again be an industry leader, worthy of the name american airlines. america's flag carrier. >> reporter: if approved, the deal would make american the world's largest airline. but after so many mergers in recent years
to exchange for five of their spies held in the u.s. >>> coming up on 4:31. want to get a look at the weather headlines. here's storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. >> the pavement dried out after the rain yesterday. now we've got a partly cloudy sky starting off this wednesday morning. the 20th day of february. temperatures are near freezing now. much of maryland and virginia, that includes prince george's county, montgomery, arlington and fairfax. shenandoah valley into the mountains. southern maryland near the bay waters, a little bit above freezing. we have winds gusting around 20, 25 miles an hour. so our windchills are down to the teens and low 20s now much of the region. we're going to have our windchills hovering in the 20s and teens throughout much of the morning. 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. around the freezing mark. those winds will increase maybe by noontime to 30 mile an hour wind gusts. by then, temperatures into the mid-30s. sunrise is at 6:53. waldorf in charles county, our hometown forecast by noontime there. it will be in the upper 30s and partly cloudy with a blustery wind. a look
justice department memo that says the u.s. can order drone strikes against other americans if they're believed to be members of al qaeda. the document says the strike will only be authorized if military officials can't catch the target with normal methods. but the memo says the target does not have to be considered an imminent threat for an attack. >>> boeing is ready to resume test flights for the troublesome 787 dreamliner. boeing formally filed a request with the faa yesterday. last month a yap niece dreamliner and one in boston both forced to land after battery heating ib issues. both incidents have been found to have the same type of thermal runaway problem. all 50 planes were taken out of commission last month. >>> a care-giver for a maryland group home faces multiple charges after a video shows her attacking a disabled man. a warning this video might be disturbing for some. >> ooh! ooh! >> police arrested 57-year-old donna edward after this video appeared on you-tube. the company that runs the group home, emerge inc., called police after seeing the video. other portions of t
. >> reporter: the headline could be the obama announcement that he will bring home 34,000 u.s. forces from afghanistan. but he will warn that the military could be hurt by spending cuts march 1. the sequester. outside of the capitol, union members protested the automatic cuts that would also hit social services. preventing sequester cuts requires a deal on taxes and spending that the president has called for in previous state of the union speeches. there is no agreement. >> we have a spending debt crisis, not a revenue debt crisis. got to make the right diagnosis. >> reporter: obama prescription is to spend more to put americans back to work and pay for that by higher tax owes the wealthy. liberal agenda he laid out at his naug rl and angering republican. >>ing things that -- position him on the far left of the political spectrum is not a operate way to achieve accomplishments out of divided government. >> reporter: the president will push measures to stop gun violence like the shooting death of 15-year-old pendleton in january in chicago. >> her murder is heartbreak iin >> you guys signed
world are condemning a bombing. the state department is warning americans to stay away from u.s. diplomatic facilities in turkey. that warning follows a suicide bombing today, in ankara, turkey. danielle leigh is on capitol hill with news that the white house is calling this attack an act of terror. >> reporter: jim, good evening. this attack complicated a day that was supposed to be a celebration, as secretary of state hillary clinton stepped down. it's a great reminder of the serious security threats that the now secretary of state john kerry is inheriting. chaos outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey's capital today. a suicide bomber killed himself and the embass guard and blasted a hole through the checkpoint. paramedics rushed to help a seriously wounded woman. at least two other guards were hurt. the u.s. ambassador to turkey said the compound is secure, but standing among is the confusion, he was clearly shaken. >> right now we are dealing with our sadness at the lost of our fellow member of our embassy. >> reporter: the turk irk government blamed a domestic militant
. there was some of that, might have focused on u.s. intelligence failures that led to the death of four u.s. diplomats in benghazi action and there was some of that. mostly it was a hard look at the growing phenomenon of america going to war by remote control, and what the rules on that ought to be. >> we look forward to hearing your testimony. >> reporter: at his senate confirmation hearing, the issue is not john brennan's ability to be cia director. he's a former top agent, white house counter-terror chief when osama bin laden was killed, but protesters delayed the hearing, objecting to what they call cia torture, and u.s. drones flying in pakistan and yemen. 6 firing missiles. the administration's legal justification was finally released to congress today, plus a proposal for a closed court to review attack plans. >> to assure that drone strikes are carried out in a manner consistent with the values. >> reporter: brennan says they have been and will be and the public needs to know it. when there's no other alternative. >> cia torture, he says, is over. >> waterboarding is reprehensible a
. >> it's unreasonable to expect that the u.s. will have specific evidence about a plot. instead, this allows some flexibility. >> the obama administration says that it is confident the strikes follow federal and international law. >>> sometime this week the pentagon expected to announce a major policy change that would extend some military benefits to same sex spouses. ld soon have access to things like housing privileges and recreational activities. the allowances would not cover health care benefits. military would likely require documentation that designates a service member's same sex partner. >>> one year away from the winter olympics. why there's already a little concern that mother nature won't cooperate. >>> also, a terrifying crime caught on tape at a local jewelry store. what the robbers used that paralyzed everybody inside. >>> a rescue in an iconic park is caught on camera. >>> temperatures are back where they belong in time of year. weather and traffic on the 1s, next. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair tr
of washington right now that limb pact you and people nationwide. the u.s. postal service just wrapped up a news conference where it was announced that saturday mail delivery will end. those aren't the only changes. angie goff joins us live in the studio to break it down for use. >> good morning. slashing saturday mail delivery is a big move that the usps must be done. here's what it means for you. starting august 1st, the post office stops delivering and collecting first class mail and letters on saturdays. however, they will continue to deliver packages six days a week. now, if your post office is normally open on saturdays, that's not going to change. however, u.s. postmaster general patrick announced today there will be hours reduced in 9,000 offices across the country. saturday service cuts would save $2 billion annually but they need $20 billion to close the debt gap. they have lost $41 billion over the past six years as more people turn to e-mail and online bill pay options. >> our new approach is based on a great deal of customer input. it reflects a strong demand for package delivery on
. syrian rebels do not want to go to the meeting because they are frustrated that the u.s. and europe have refused to provide arms and other aid and create a no-fly zone. secretary clinton had proposed that along with defense secretary leon panetta last year, at least proposed arming and training some rebel groups but the president rejected that plan last year. tomorrow, of course, the biggest problem, the biggest obstacle that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will face to getting rid of the assad reg seem russia. will he meet tomorrow in berlin with the russian foreign leader. that's a very big challenge. a visiting tour, nine countries in 11 days. natalie? >> andrea mitchell traveling with the secretary in london this morning. thank you. >>> more legal trouble for the pistorius family this morning as it's revealed the so-called blade runner's older brother is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a woman in a 2008 auto accident. meanwhile, pistorius awaits his trial for the murder of reeva steenkamp. >>> cuban president raul castro began what he says will be his f
on capitol hill. >> we do custom designed for the u.s. senate. they sell them in the gt shop and in the kiosk. >> and they're all handmade. >> i take the second and turn them all. >> reporter: made in small batches, usually mostly local in2k3wr50edends. >> at some levels, candy making is an old-fashioned craft, and i want to respect that. >> pat lawson muse, news4. >>> who says dogs don't have a sixth sense? >> part boston terrier and part angel. >>> how caleb the dog saved her owner from an invisible and deadly dangers. >>> the arts behind a i think that's the house. [ male announcer ] so there's lots of people out there, who aren't happy with their internet. hey steve. did you say, "my internet's so bad, i think it's giving my kids psychological problems"? [ chuckles ] yea. "my internet's so slow it would be faster to look things up at the library"? i did. "my internet's so slow it's like a car with no gas"? yes. [ male announcer ] well folks, you're about to get verizon fios quantum, america's fastest, most consistent, most reliable internet. the internet's really slow. it's lagging. so fr
with breaking news. u.s. and south korean warships are conducting naval exercises as tensions with north korea rises. south korean officials confirming that a three-day drill is under way right now off the coast of the korean peninsula. pyongyang calls it preparation for a preemptive strike on their country while south korea says it was planned before the north threatened do its third nuclear test. the u.s. and south korea believe the north's december rocket launch was a missile test. meanwhile, pyongyang denies it. angie goff, news 4. >>> developing news out of mexico where the death toll continues to rise after an explosion. officials are reporting 36 casualties there. the attorney general in mexico says it's still too early to determine whether that blast was due to an attack, an accident or negligence. results from an investigation expected any day now. the pmx building in mexico is the second largest skyscraper there. >>> police if texas say the man suspected of killing a former navy seal was an iraq war veteran. eddie ralph served in the marines from 2006 until 2010. he's currently on re
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.com. >>> developing in turkey tonight, a leftist military group is taking responsibility for suicide bombing at the u.s. embassy. turkish authorities say dna confirmed the bomber was a well known member of the group. police say the bomber walked into the embassy's visitors center yesterday with a suicide vest and a hand grenade. he detonated the vest around lunch time, killing himself and a guard. a turkish journalist was also injured. also today, sushgy's state run news agency says a new york city woman's been found dead in istanbul. she was vacationing alone and been missing since january 21st, the day before she was supposed to come back to this country. according to the news agency, residents found her stabbed to death today in a poor part of the city. police have not yet confirmed her identity. >>> vice president joe biden met with the head of syria's main opposition coalition today. it's the highest level u.s. meeting with the opposition forces. the vice president praised the leader's courage and encouraged him to keep fighting to overthrow syrian president assad. biden emphasized that assad must
. >> on the fiscal front the u.s. treasury reported a rare surplus in january of $2.9 billion thanks to that social security tax cut that expired last month. >>> meanwhile, transunion says the national rate hike on payments has fallen. >>> a happy valentine's day is not compliblg indicated. 79% of women said a romantic dinner and movie is their preferred valentine's day date. but a special treat to help your lady wouldn't hurt. edible shoe designs from the chocolatier go from $30 to $50 a pair. >>> meet the world's basketball free-throw shooter in action. >>> plus, what started this courtroom brawl. and how did it get so out of control? [ male announcer ] so there's lots of people out there who aren't happy with their internet. [ spokesman ] hi, are you lindsay? yes. did you say, "my internet's so slow it's like a car with no gas"? yes. [ male announcer ] well lindsay, you're about to get verizon fios quantum, america's fastest, most reliable internet. so that's what you used to have... okay. and that's fios. wow, this is crazy fast, almost unbelievable. [ male announcer ] that will put some gas in
he has the perfect defense against criminal prosecution in the u.s. running for public office. he's running for a senate seat in australia and said the u.s. would drop its investigation rather than risk a diplomatic incident. he plans to start a wikileaks party which will run on a platform of transparency in government. >>> in news 4 for your health, say -- there was no increased risk of breast and gynecological cancers from in vitro fertilization. it includes drugs that stimulate ovulation. they've linked treatment to a higher risk of cancer. other studies have not found a connection. >>> your kids are watching us right now, you might want to limit how much tv they watch later today. a new study suggests that children who watch too much television may turn into more aggressive adults. researchers tracked a thousand kids born in the early '70s in new zealand. those kids who watched the most tv were more likely to be convicted of a crime and be more anti-social as adults. the results are not necessarily the result of too much tv. >>> the united nations is reviewing ways to prevent
invasions and sexual assault of a minor. >>> today, several u.s. lawmakers are in cuba trying to get a maryland man released from prison there. maryland's congressman chris van hollen and six others are meeting with cuban leaders this morning to try to free alan gross. they say his release is the only way to improve ties between the countries. gross has been held since 2009 when he says he was trying to bring the internet to jewish communities in cuba. cuba says he was spying. he's serving a 15-year sentence. >>> congress and the white house have just ten days to reach a deal on a budget plan or billions of dollars in spending cuts will automatically take effect. lawmakers won't address that issue this week, though. they aren't in session now and won't return to washington until next week. we're learning our area is among the regions that could be hurt the most by the cuts known as the sequester. its authors say government spending makes up 20% of our local economy. defense spending alone makes up almost 10% of our ecomony. >>> many of us buy a fancy sports car or jump out of a plane
report from mobile, alabama. >> reporter: after a celebration filled return to u.s. soil, passengers of the carnival triumph headed home trying to put memories behind them. >> i am getting on no cruise no more. first time and never again. >> trina of new york says after an engine fire cult power and knocked out the ship's sanitation system. raw sewage and garbage forced her on to the top deck for good. >> you could not go back in. to get to the room you have to walk through filth. >> hi! >> sandy made it back to illinois and wasn't taking anything for granted. >> i'm so happy. so happy to be home. >> meanwhile as passengers made their way home, investigators began their work here in a mobile ship yard, trying to figure out exactly what caused the engine room fire and turned this dream vacation into a nightmare. >> my best description would be, imagine a port-a-potty with 4,000 people. carnival apologized, given refund and offered in send tichs to passengers. that may not be enough to stem a tide of lawsuits. >> we intend to hold carnival responsible, legally for whatever harm they ha
, days before she was due back in the u.s. she was discovered on february 2nd. she was bludgeoned over the head. no arrests have been made. her funeral will be held in a staten island church where the mother of two and her husband were married. >>> the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing a florida teen could have his time reduced. george zimmerman pleaded not guilty and said he acted in self-defense when he shot 17-year-old trayvon martin. his lawyers want immunity saying the case falls under the stand-your-ground law in florida. the judge might consider hearing that argument when the case goes to trial june. >>> shock in argentina when a woman marries the man convicted of killing her twin sister. her twin sister was killed in 2010. her boyfriend was convicted of her murder. police had to escort the two from the courthouse while outraged citizens protested. the bride's mother claimed her daughter was mentally unfit to we had and a judge suspended the wedding. the groom is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence. >>> a new twist in the saga of a tennessee congressman's
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